Sonia attacks Modi in Gujarat campaign

Last Updated: Fri, Dec 07, 2012 14:58 hrs

Accusing the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat of making tall development claims, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Friday said that progress is nowhere to be seen here and the ruling party's promises are "hollow and false".

Sonia, who addressed a rally in this tribal dominated area of Surat district in South Gujarat said, "They (Modi and BJP) have no interest in poor and common people but its only interest is development of its own and a select few people."

"The development which was promised in a big way is nowhere to be seen in this tribal land...because what they promised were hollow and false," Sonia who is campaigning in the state before the first phase of assembly elections here, said addressing a huge rally.

"This is a land of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel who used to preach what they practiced. Now there are people who give big advice but not follow them," she said taking on Modi without naming him.

Alleging large scale corruption in Gujarat, Sonia said that the Centre has provided a lot of funds to the state but we do not know where have they gone.

"We (Congres) have had a good relationship with the people of this area. Due to ongoing vested interest politics they (BJP) have constantly tried to weaken this relationship, but you all have negated their moves," Gandhi said mentioning about the support of tribal population to the Congress in the state.

Attempts were made by Modi government to make inroads into the traditional vote banks of Congress the -tribal belts- by announcing various programmes for the tribals and earmarking Rs.15000 crores in 12th Five year programme to carry out various works in tribal area.

The Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana is known as C.M.Ten Point programme which was launched in April,2007 for economic, social and overall development of tribal people of the State.

Sonia questioned as to where has the huge promised sum in the Van Bandhu Kalyan scheme gone as nothing under the scheme has materialised yet.

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